A 23-year-old Las Vegas man charged with attempted robbery told police he needed money so his parents wouldn’t kick him out of their house.
Justice James Nall is accused of attacking a man Tuesday night in the 1900 block of Silver Whisper Avenue, less than a mile from his parents’ home near Eastern Avenue and Silverado Ranch Boulevard.
According to his arrest report, Nall stalked a 60-year-old man watering his grass for several minutes before approaching him wearing a black ski mask and swim goggles.
Nall yelled, “Get down, get down, this is the police,” several times at the man, according to the report.
The man, not believing Nall was an officer, sprayed him with the hose and called police.
After a lengthy foot chase, patrol officers found Nall hiding in some bushes.
Nall was apologetic and cooperative with officers, according to the report. He told police his parents had given him until Oct. 1 to get a job.
Because he had watched a TV show about robberies earlier that day, Nall decided to try that instead, the report said he told officers.
When he was arrested, Nall was carrying duct tape, tools and police-style pepper spray in a holster.
In addition to the felony charge, Nall also was charged with impersonating a police officer and possessing burglary tools, both gross misdemeanors. He was booked on an attempted kidnapping charge that was later dropped.
Nall was being held at the county jail on $24,000 bail, a sum that neither his parents nor anyone else had paid as of Friday.
Contact reporter Mike Blasky at email@example.com or 702-383-0283.